NSW players talk to umpires Phillip Gillespie and John Ward during the JLT One Day Cup match between New South Wales and Victoria   © Getty Images
NSW players talk to umpires Phillip Gillespie and John Ward during the JLT One Day Cup match between New South Wales and Victoria © Getty Images

After a controversial ending to the Victoria versus New South Wales One-Day cup tie, Cricket Australia (CA) has now opened an investigation into the finish. The Australian domestic 50-over tie was abandoned after the umpires deemed the pitch dangerous at North Sydney Oval on Sunday.

Victoria was awarded the match by DLS method after play was called off. Victoria were 108 for 4 in 26 overs in reply to NSW’s total of 144. The match officials held discussions over 90 minutes before awarding the match to Victoria.

According to cricket.com.au, CA spokesperson said, “Cricket Australia will conduct a thorough investigation of the circumstances around this abandonment … and will revert to the teams with those findings. At this stage, a different wicket will be used for the next match on Tuesday and CA will monitor conditions.”

“According to the match referee across the day, there were around 10-15 balls that jumped off a length, while others were keeping lower than expected. In the last three overs of the match, four or five balls jumped dangerously, including the last two balls of the 26th over. On coming together the umpires and match referee decided that the conditions were dangerous,” explained the spokesperson.

With this result, NSW’s hopes of reaching the finals has ended, while Victoria remain in driver’s spot to the finishing line.